Supporters of an independence for Catalonia listen to Catalan president Carles Puigdemont's speech  in Barcelona on October 10, 2017. ( Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images)

Catalan President Backs Down From Independence Declaration

Puigdemont says he’ll still pursue negotiations with Spain.

Students demonstrate in favor of Catalonian independence in Barcelona (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

France Won’t Recognize an Independent Catalonia

The statement comes as Catalonia mulls an independence declaration, spooking companies and emboldening France’s separatists.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on February 24, 2015. (PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

The Ghost of Franco Still Haunts Catalonia

Mariano Rajoy’s use of violence against separatists wasn’t an aberration. It was an authentic expression of Spanish conservatism.

A general view taken on the Rambla boulevard in Barcelona on August 26, 2017 shows people gathering around a flower tibute for the victims of last week's deadly attacks during a march against terrorism which slogan is #NoTincPor (I'm Not Afraid).
Tens of thousands of Spaniards and foreigners stagged a defiant march against terror through Barcelona following last week's deadly vehicle rampages. The Mediterranean city is in mourning after a van ploughed into crowds on Las Ramblas boulevard on August 17, followed hours later by a car attack in the seaside town of Cambrils.
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Is There Any Defense Against Low-Tech Terror?

The Catalonia attacks are a case study in the future of violent extremism. Governments need to figure out how to respond.


Did Madrid Score an Own Goal in the Catalan Referendum?

Spain’s heavy-handed response may have actually shored up support for Catalan independence.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 11:  Demonstrators march during a Pro-Independence demonstration as part of the celebrations of the National Day of Catalonia on September 11, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Thousands of Catalans celebrating the 'Diada de Catalunya', are using it as an opportunity to hold demonstrations to demand the right to hold a self-determination referendum next November.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Spain Is Flirting With Another Civil War

Will Madrid’s coming standoff with Catalonia be resolved around a negotiating table, or either sides of barricades?


Rescuing Migrants From a Couch in Galicia

How a school administrator in Spain is helping save refugees with little more than fervor and a phone.


The Long Shadow of al-Andalus

Spain is on the periphery of Europe, but central to modern jihad.

New elected President of the Catalan Government Carles Puigdemont (R) waves to supporters past former President Artur Mas (L) as they leave the Parliament of Catalonia after an investiture debate for the Catalan Government's presidency, in Barcelona on January 10, 2016. The majority secessionist lawmakers in Catalonia's parliament voted in a new leader today, tasking him to oversee the wealthy region's breakaway from Spain in a last-minute show of unity after months of bitter infighting. Carles Puigdemont was elected regional president with 70 votes for, 63 against and two abstentions, giving Catalonia's high-profile independence movement a fresh lease of life. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE

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A Secessionist Abroad

The president of Catalonia will have the vanilla.

GIBRALTAR - APRIL 04:  A monkey sits on a rock at the top of Gibraltar Rock on April 4, 2017 in Gibraltar, Gibraltar. Tensions have risen over Brexit negotiations for the Rock of Gibraltar. The European Council has said Gibraltar would be included in a trade deal between London and Brussels only with the agreement of Spain. While former Conservative leader Michael Howard claimed that Theresa May would be prepared to go to war to protect the territory.  (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Britain’s Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy About Gibraltar

The United Kingdom doesn’t need a war to protect its imperial remnants – it needs a psychiatrist.

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